NAACP President to Participate in Real 'State of our Union' Event

Trump's infrastructure plan will come with a huge hole next month
NAACP President to Participate in Real 'State of our Union' Event
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28 January, 2018

He is also expected to call for immigration reform and a $1 trillion infrastructure package.

BALTIMORE-As President Donald Trump prepares to make his first State of the Union speech on Tuesday, many in the advocacy community - fueled by the President's racism, detachment and disinterest - are using the customary Presidential address as an opportunity to host a separate event focused on having a real conversation on the politics of his first-year.

Trump recently told Reuters he would discuss the USA trade imbalance with China during his State of the Union speech, and said he was considering retaliation over intellectual property issues.

Trump will also address the immigration framework the White House previewed earlier this week, which offers a path to citizenship for almost 2 million undocumented young people in exchange for $25 billion in funding for border security and draconian cuts to current legal immigration levels. According to White House officials, Trump will propose spending at least $200 billion on infrastructure projects over the next 10 years, with the hope of spurring an additional $800 billion in state and local funding. The speech forces decisions across the administration, from agency to agency: What will the president say about pressing issues he can't duck?

On Thursday, the White House rolled out a bare-bones legislative framework on immigration.

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The president plans to address his vision of America first on trade. The White House has chosen a set of average Americans to sit in the first lady's box, where they will have a moment in the spotlight as Trump tells their stories. "The speech will resonate with American values and unite us with patriotism".

Key lobbying groups, including farm organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, have voiced their support for Nafta, putting pressure on Trump to not give the six-months' notice necessary to quit the deal (a country isn't obliged to withdraw from Nafta, even after giving formal notice to do so).

"He's going to try to get the country excited about the urgency of rebuilding our infrastructure", the official said.

Missing from that policy preview list was health care. After the GOP failed multiple times to repeal and replace Obamacare previous year, Congress appears to be moving on to other matters.

The speech before a joint session of Congress is an unusually formal venue for a president that relishes campaign-style rallies and Twitter as platforms for selling his agenda.


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